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Melbourne Photographer Captures The Retro Heritage Of Palm Springs

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The iconic Palm Springs located inland of California has long been a Summer retreat for the rich and famous.

According to some, it’s also one of the most photographed places in the world. So how does one go about reimagining Palm Springs in a way that is rarely seen? They recruit Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford to capture the modernist architecture set against the desolate desert backdrop.

In a series entitled ‘Midnight Modern‘, Blachford takes part three on a journey where the urban landscape meets the natural amongst the sensational glow of the midnight stars.


The project was conducted over five nights and sees Blachford returning to Palm Springs for the seventh time.

“I am fascinated by this feeling that the city is both nostalgic and current,” he told Cool Hunting.

“It transports you back in time to these houses and this scenery—to this lifestyle that has been there for 70 years.”

“It’s kind of a shrine to hedonism and sunlight and cocktails and all the good things. But, as I learn more about this period, all of this was going on at a time of massive historical moments.”

The photography itself is nothing short of mesmerising with vintage and period-correct vehicles lined perfectly around the homes and amongst desert shrubs.

Blachford will be holding a Sydney exhibition at the Blackeye Gallery from May 24 through to June 11.

Click through to see the gallery and head over to the Modern Midnight website or Instagram to  see more.


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